Baby Boomers-Some are Quirky, Some Not
Be Happy Where you are Planted
Are the Good Ole Days Really Gone?
I often think about us baby boomers and finding myself at the top of the family ladder. I guess you could say we are now the heads of the family, the matriarchs of our family. We are sitting where our grandmas and grandpas set years ago when we were growing up. The younger generation is looking to us for the almighty wisdom and advice we looked to our grandparents for so long ago.
Gone are the days of calling mom and dad or grandma or grandpa for advice and wisdom. We have finally reached the top of life's ladder in our families and it gets pretty darn lonely way up there. I look around and suddenly realize all of a sudden, oops where did everyone go. I do not like it, not one bit. We cannot do a thing about where we are placed in life, such as being at the top of the age ladder. Everyone in my family has long passed on. This also holds true for my husband's family. We are what our kids get, like it or not.
Is Age Really Just a State of Mind?
My sister will turn 70-years of age in 2015 and she often thinks about this and will remark to me many times, "I will be 70 next year," as though she can magically hope to turn the clock back if just for a little while. This is how I know that number is scary to her in some way. I say to her, "Sis, remember that researchers are now saying that 70 is the new 40. Life is just beginning for you, and do not forget that age is only a state of your mind."
Make a List of Adventures You Want to Do
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
When Push Comes to Shove
My husband and I had a friend who, when he turned 70-years of age either felt he was not susceptible to injury or harm, just did not care anymore or for whatever the reason began making a list of things he had never done. He had always wanted to do these things in his life, but said, "I just never got a round to it." (Do you know that that they actually sell round to its in the store?)
This person always wanted to parachute from an airplane, bungee jump off a bridge and go white water rafting. After he turned 70-years of age, he did all of these things and sometimes twice, and had the time of his life. Why do we wait so long to do the things that we really want to do? This is not living life to the fullest. We tend to let so many things get in our way.
Are the Good Ole Days Really Gone?
The Good Ole Days are Generation Specific
with a Different Kind of Expression
I believe that each generation in a family has said, "This is not like the good ole days, how I miss the good ole days". I find myself saying the same thing. What are the good ole days to you? For me the good ole days were from 1950 to 1970.
So many things made their mark in history during that time, not saying that things did not make their mark in history during our grandparents' day. These were the times I remember, thus these are, "My good ole days". The music and the good old entertainers now long gone, such as George Burns and Gracie Allen, the big three as I call them, Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Milton Burrell. There were Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleeson, Jack Benny and Rochester, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Lucy and Desi, and the list go on. Now they are all gone and are with grandma and grandpa. Oh, how I miss these things.
Do You Think Money Grows on Trees?
To Each Their Own
My Dad Ed and Momma Dorothy had Their Own Sayings
I remember when I was little I could not yet correlate work with money and I remember my dad saying to me, "Hold on little one while I go out back and pluck a few dollars off my money tree". I remember going out back one day and I thought that he must hide his money tree because I could never find it. One day when I really wanted something at the store and dad said I would have to wait because he had no money. I could not understand why he could not just write a check and take it to the bank in exchange for some money.
As I was growing up, my mom would say to me more times, than I can remember, that I could do this or go there, "When pigs fly". As a kid, this would get me to wondering if in fact there were some pigs that could fly. If I did something wrong and then complained about someone else who did the same thing, mom would say to me, "Carolann that is really calling the kettle black." I might have been a bit older but it still left my young mind in a quandary, wondering what the heck she meant. When I did something stupid my mom would say, "You are about as dumb as a box of rocks."
As I entered my senior year in high school and on to nurses training, I remember my mom saying to me, "Now don't put the cart before the horse." My mom and dad were walking books of wisdom and I always valued their advice any time I needed help making a decision. My mom always made the right decisions and I never remember her making a bad decision about anything. As I entered nurses training and continued to work nearly full-time my dad would say to me frequently, "You are burning both ends of the candle, you need to prioritize and slow down."
Every Person has Their Favorite Sayings
As my husband planned our honeymoon in 1969 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where my husband had spent many good vacations with his family and I had never visited, his dad was trying to prepare me for the type of weather in February. He told me, "It gets so cold where you are going that when a dog barks you will not hear that bark until spring."
I am thankful for all the memories of bygone days and all my older generation of relatives and appreciate all that those before me taught me and I hold those lessons close to my heart. I only pray that I am passing on to my children wisdom of the ages so they can also embrace their memories of yesterday.
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